Business, Politics, Sci-Tech

County Executive Olszewski announces over $2 million in grant awards to expand rural broadband access

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday announced that Baltimore County will receive $2.25 million in grant awards from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband to significantly expand access to rural broadband in Baltimore County. Baltimore County and Comcast are expected to expand broadband access to nearly 900 residences …


Sci-Tech, Traffic

MDTA’s DriveEzMD portal goes live in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Transportation Authority on Thursday launched DriveEzMD, a new access point for the state’s toll facilities featuring a new website, web chat, expanded customer call center, new toll payment choices, text notifications and more. Now that DriveEzMD is live, all MDTA Customer Service Centers have reopened to the public with COVID-19 protocols still in effect. DriveEzMD.com is online …


Governor Hogan signs 66 bills into law [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday signed 66 bills into law, including legislation to preserve and expand telehealth and mental health services across the state, increase access to high-speed Internet, and bring critical reforms to the Maryland Environmental Service (MES). The governor was joined by Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones. “I want to thank our …

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office seizes 3 additional domain names associated with fraudulent COVID-19 treatments

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized three additional domain names associated with fraudulent COVID-19 treatments. Authorities have seized “healthbridgescience.com,” “global-pandemic-vaccines.com,” and “genobioscience.com,” all of which purported to be the websites of actual biotechnology companies developing treatments for the COVID-19 virus but instead were allegedly used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the …

Maryland authorities seize domain names of fraudulent COVID-19 treatment websites

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized “remdesivirmx.com,” which purported to sell and distribute Remdesivir, an antiviral drug approved for the treatment of the COVID-19 virus, in Mexico. However, the website was fraudulent and instead appears to have been used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the site for fraudulent purposes, including phishing …

Attorney General Frosh urges FCC to increase internet access during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week joined 30 attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission to fund internet connectivity and internet-enabled devices to K-12 students attending school remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, the FCC asked for comment on petitions urging the commission to temporarily waive some restrictions on its E-Rate program. Specifically, …

Major internet outage hits northeast U.S., BCPS students affected

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A major internet outage left many East Coast users unable to access many online services on Tuesday. On Twitter, users reported being unable to access Google, Zoom, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, etc. All related Google products, including Google Meet and Gmail, were also down for residents in the northeastern U.S. Down Detector confirmed that Google, Verizon, Comcast, YouTube, Google Classroom, …

Baltimore County offering six months of Internet access for low-income residents

NOTTINGHAM, MD—In response to the increased need for access to high-speed internet as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has taken steps to expand access across the County. “With our children learning remotely, many people working from home, and critical services like medical appointments moving online, we have been reminded of our responsibility to ensure …